CAMBODIA – Siem Reap – Follow the Kulen Elephant Forest

In the foothills of Kulen Mountain lies the Bos Thom Community Forest, 1100 acres of protected forest inhabited by the 14 elephants of Angkor who have spent most of their lives, over 22 years, working in the tourism industry are enjoying now a long-awaited and well-deserved retirement. Today, they roam free in their natural habitat and are living testimony of a changing world.

Theme

Classic, Family, Gastronomy, Sustainable

Country - City

Cambodia - Siem Reap

Market segment

Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$$$

Level of difficulties

LEVEL 0

Max pax

12pax for join-in tour, 24pax for private tour

Seasonality

All year long

Arrival city

Siem Reap

Departure city

Siem Reap

Description

The elephants at the Kulen Elephant Forest have spent most of their lives working in the tourism industry and are enjoying a long-awaited and well-deserved retirement.

The Kulen Elephant Forest is a new retreat where the 14 retired elephants can interact freely and treat the most excellent care and attention. There are no tricks, no riding at the reserve, and the elephants now roam and socialize unburdened within 400 hectares of lush forest. Here, they will rediscover relationships, natural foods they haven’t eaten in years.

The visit showcases the wild’s awakening, the elephants walking out onto the field, and the forest coming to life. This incredible experience to be able to not only meet the elephants but to feed, walk with and learn about them from charismatic, energetic, and knowledgeable guides.

The main house is also memorable. The design and atmosphere; almost felt like a getaway bungalow/holiday house to serve the traveler as a lounge and dining area.

 

Selling points

  • A fun, educational approach to elephant conservation, contributing as much as possible to preserve the remaining elephants of Cambodia.
  • An easy excursion in the natural surroundings of Angkor offers an excellent addition to a temples visit.
  • It is the closest place to Angkor to observe elephants. 

Level Of The Excursion

High – This activity strongly supports local communities and/or helps preserve the culture and environment

The Impact Of This Excursion

Social/cultural Impact

Cultural Conservation

Empowerment and education

Economic Impact

Community benefits

Additional Information

The Kulen Elephant offers peaceful retirement to the elephants of Angkor but also supports the local community through sustainable development initiatives such as purchasing 3 tons of agricultural products a day to feed the elephants. Moreover, people of the community are prioritized for gainful employment, plus provide resources to the community fund to finance local projects.

Time And Transportation

From To Km By Duration Road condition
Siem Reap Town Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary 40 Car / Minivan 1hour Good

Duration

Half-day tour:

  • A Morning Elephants session: 08:00  and return around 14:00
  • The Afternoon Elephant session: 12:00 and return around 18:15

Min pax

1

Max pax

12pax for join-in tour, 24pax for private tour

How to sell it

  • Suitable for anybody in normal physical condition as it requires 2 easy kilometers trek following the elephants
  • Perfect for those who do not have time to go to Mondulkiri/ Elephant Valley Project.
  • For family (fun & educational approach)
  • Join-in tour: medium budget (share transportation, respect departure time and unable to offer additional activity)
  • Private tour: high budget (exclusive visit – only that group during the stay)

Why this activity

  • Support conservation & protection project for elephants retired from tourism industry.
  • A unique and truly moving way to discover elephant life in Cambodia.
  • An opportunity to observe elephants as well as to feed them and walk with them.

Good to combine with

Do not combine with

Full day activity

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Pros

  • Warm welcome, smile, and with a professional and well-trained staff.
  • Lovely designed wooden house to welcome visitors and host them for briefing snacks and lunch.
  • Possibility to see elephants1h from Siem Reap
  • Accessible to anyone in normal condition

Cons

  • A local English-speaking guide – an expert elephant guide only speaks Khmer and English for join-in Tours.
  • A bit expensive, especially for private.

Information

Join-in Tour:

  • Sharing a tour with other travelers, including transportation.
  • A local English speaking tour guide (an expert elephant’s tour guide) is included
  • Possible to include Easia tour guide to escort clients with full charge same as clients

=> Easia suggestion: To get a better rate for this tour, we suggest going with a join-in fee.

Private tour: 

  • Private transportation (transportation provided by the Kulen forest)
  • A local English speaking tour guide (an expert elephant’s tour guide) is included
  • Possible to include an Easia tour guide to escort clients with complimentary

=> Easia suggestion: If you wanted to add an activity or combine it with another place of interest on the way, it’s better to use Easia transportation because we can’t use a vehicle from the supplier for that.

Alerts

Join tour program:

  • A Morning Elephants session: 08:00  and return around 14:00 lunch is included.
  • The Afternoon Elephant session: noon and return around 18:15 NO lunch, but snack is included during the tour.

Private tour program: 

  • The tour suggestion is the same hours as the join-in tour, but we can request to modify departure time to follow our program.
  • A Morning tour: lunch is included.
  • The After tour: snack is included.

 

Important information

A Morning Session: Duration 8:00 and return at around 14:00 (for private tour possible to adjust departure time a bit to follow our program)

  • Scenic 1-hour drive from downtown Siem Reaps to Kulen Elephant Forest.
  • Welcome tea or coffee to be offered
  • Introductory briefing
  • Elephant meets and greet.
  • Observation trek. (2km)
  • Make enrichment and watch the elephants play by the pond.
  • Khmer-style lunch
  • Return to Siem Reap

The Afternoon Session: Duration noon and return at around 18:15 (for private tour possible to adjust departure time a bit to follow our program)

  • Scenic 1-hour drive from downtown SiemReap to Kulen Elephant Forest.
  • Welcome tea or coffee to be offered
  • Introductory briefing.
  • Elephant meets and greet.
  • Observation trek. (2km)
  • Make healthy snacks to feed the elephants.
  • Watch the elephants play by the pond.
  • Picnic by the pond (snack)
  • Return to Siem Reap

Price range

$$$

Quotation guideline

Follow ERP instruction:

  • Follow the Kulen elephant forest => Choose Join-in or Private tour.
  • Sharing tour – Compulsory fee for Easia tour guide to join.
  • Private tour – Complimentary for Easia tour guide to join

Inclusion

Join-in tour:

A Morning Session: an expert elephant local English-speaking guide, transportation, tea/coffee, refill drinking water, and local lunch.

The Afternoon Session: an expert elephant local English-speaking guide, transportation, tea/coffee, refill drinking water, and picnic (snack).

Private tour: 

A Morning Session: A privacy tour, an expert elephant local English-speaking guide, transportation, tea/coffee, refill drinking water, and local lunch.

The Afternoon Session: A privacy tour, an expert elephant local English-speaking guide, transportation, tea/coffee, refill drinking water, and picnic (snack).

Exclusion

Join-in or Private tour: either A Morning or the Afternoon session

  • International guide
  • An additional drink or meal (beside complimentary tea/coffee/, meals state in the menu)
  • Tips or others

Possible Extra

  • A cocktail or extra drink order on spot.
  • Chatter activity such as dinner – available upon request. Contact production for detail.
  • Possibility for tailor-made or privatization (MICE) on request.

Important notes

Itinerary:

A Morning Session: Duration 8:00 and return at around 14:00 (for private tour possible to adjust departure time a bit to follow our program)

  • Scenic 1-hour drive from downtown Siem Reap to Kulen Elephant Forest.
  • Welcome tea or coffee to be offered
  • Introductory briefing
  • Elephant meets and greet.
  • Observation trek. (2km)
  • Make enrichment and watch the elephants play by the pond.
  • Khmer-style lunch
  • Return to Siem Reap

The Afternoon Session: Duration noon and return at around 18:15 (for private tour possible to adjust departure time a bit to follow our program)

  • Scenic 1-hour drive from downtown Siem Reap to Kulen Elephant Forest.
  • Welcome tea or coffee to be offered
  • Introductory briefing.
  • Elephant meets and greet.
  • Observation trek. (2km)
  • Make healthy snacks to feed the elephants.
  • Watch the elephants play by the pond.
  • Picnic by the pond (snack)
  • Return to Siem Reap

Special Guide notes

  • Communicate with The Kulen Elephant staff to reach the proper location
  • Coordinate with an expert elephant local English-speaking guide to ensure you won’t disturb him during his presentation if you need to translate to your clients.

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 012 890 307

Special Information

  • Payment – cash on spot: collect advance payment with the accountant and give the guide to pay The Kulen Elephant on site.

Internal Product Annoucement

[CAMBODIA – NEW PRODUCT – ANNOUNCEMENT]

CAMBODIA – SIEM REAP – FOLLOW THE KULEN ELEPHANT FOREST
  • A fun, educational approach to elephant conservation, contributing as much as possible to preserve the remaining elephants of Cambodia.
  • An easy excursion in the natural surroundings of Angkor offers an excellent addition to a temples visit.
  • It is the closest place to Angkor to observe elephants.

SUB-BRAND : Leisure
THEME: Activity/Experience
SEGMENT: FIT – Small Group

English

Discover the Kulen Elephant Forest retreat

The Kulen Elephant Forest is a new retreat where 14 retired elephants who used to carry tourists in Angkor Park can now interact freely with the most excellent care and attention. Today, spend time learning about the elephants as you follow them through their habitat, observing their relationship and behaviors. The visit showcases the wild’s awakening, the elephants walking out onto the field, and the forest coming to life. This incredible experience to meet the elephants and feed, walk with and learn about them from energetic and knowledgeable guides.

Level: 0 

Terrain: Clear trail

Distance & duration of hiking: 2 kilometers – 30 to 45 minutes 

Tour starts: 

  • A Morning Session: 8:00 and return at around 14:00
  • The Afternoon Session: noon and return at around 18:15

Meals: 

  • A Morning Session: Lunch
  • The Afternoon Session: Snack 

 

French

La réserve des éléphants de Kulen

La réserve des éléphants de Kulen accueille 14 éléphants qui ont transporté pendant des années les touristes dans le parc d’Angkor et qui sont désormais “à la retraite”. Ils peuvent maintenant vivre paisiblement recevant les meilleurs soins et la plus grande attention. Aujourd’hui, prenez le temps d’apprendre à connaître ces magnifiques mammifères en les suivant dans leur nouvel habitat et en observant leurs comportements. Cette expérience vous permettra une rencontre enrichissante avec ces animaux, vous participerez à la distribution de nourriture, marcherez avec eux dans la forêt tout en bénéficiant des explications d’un guide spécialisé.

Niveau : 0 

Terrain : Sentier dégagé

Distance et durée de la randonnée : 2 kilomètres – 30 à 45 minutes 

Durée de la visite : 

Session du matin : Départ 8h00 et retour vers 14h00
Session de l’après-midi : Départ midi et retour vers 18h15

Repas : 

Session du matin : Déjeuner
Session de l’après-midi : Collation